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Type B amphora

A variation of the neck-less amphora, characterized by a continuous curve from lip to foot.

Shape: It is characterized by a straight or slightly concave lip, an inverted echinus foot, and plain cylindrical looped handles, which reach from the sloping shoulder to the middle of the neck.

History: A variation of the one-piece amphora, Type B was introduced by 610 B.C. , and is the earliest in the sequence with this series of amphorae which form a continuous curve from the lip to the foot. The decoration was confined to the two panels, one on the front and one on the reverse of the vase. Above these panels appears a floral chain. Above the foot is a reserved frieze which contains a band of rays. It lasts to the third quarter of the fifth century B.C.

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